Ted Stevenson Standard Barbados Blue

Ted Stevenson

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Product Overview

Ted Stevenson Guitars are hand made by Ted, and Ted alone, in his Montreal workshop. From wood-selection, to winding custom pickups for each instrument, to painstakingly applying custom finishes in any modern or vintage material... This is a true master craftsman operation, from strap button to string tree.

As his exclusive USA dealer, Killerburst Guitars enjoys an unparalleled level of communication at every step along the way with this world class luthier, and it is an honor to present these guitars to our clients.

Here we have one of Ted's 'Standard' models. This one features a top route body in light weight, full-sounding basswood with a contoured highly-figured quilted maple top, highlighted with masked faux-binding.

The pickups were custom wound for us, and feauture double rows of adjusatable screw pole-pieces and a unique inductive circuit. The neck pickup is sweet and articulate without a hint of flub or harshness. The bridge pickup combines twang with chunk, but noverly hot. The magic realy happens with the split coil positions, giving you pseudo Strat and Tele voicings that will have you grinning ear to ear. The sounds coming out of this guitar will delight the most discerning palates. 

The neck was likewise carved to our request. Remiscent of a late '50s small V Strat neck in the shoulder, with the bottom point of the V rounded out to a smooth curve, it fits snugly in the curve of your thumb and forefinger, without feeling too slim/flat or too chunky. It fills up and rounds out to a fuller C but with a slim taper up to the heel, not making a big jump in girth as you slide up the neck. And with the 1.650" nut width, this is truly a Goldilocks neck shape. 

The exquisitely figured birdseye maple fingerboard has a conical shape with a 10" radius at the nut, flattening out to 14" at the last fret. Jescar stainless steel frets measuring .051" high by .108" wide are superbly finished with a gleaming polish and seamlessly mated to the rolled fingerboard edge. "Broken-in feel" is an understatement. The oil finish offers a feel no hard finish can attain.

Full specs:

Model: Standard 

  • Weight: 7 pounds 3 Ounces
  • Construction: Pro-Lock Neck Joint (Bolt On)
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Orientation: Right
  • Body Wood: Basswood
  • Top Wood: Quilted Maple
  • Body Binding: Scraped
  • Body Finish Top: Barbados Blue
  • Body Finish Back: Barbados Blue
  • Pickguard: Pearloid
  • Contours: Arm, Tummy, Heel
  • Neck Wood: Birdseye Maple 
  • Fretboard: Birdseye Maple
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Fret Wire: Jescar 51-108 SS
  • Radius Nut: 10"
  • Radius Heel: 14"
  • Neck Profile: Soft V .800"-.860"
  • Nut Width 1.65"
  • Nut Material: Floyd Rose R2
  • Inlays Front: Abalone
  • Inlays Side: Luminlay
  • Neck Finish: Oil
  • Neck Binding: None
  • Headstock Binding: None
  • Pickups Configuration: H-H
  • Bridge Pickup: HD-VHDS
  • Middle Pickup: None
  • Neck Pickup: HD-VHDS
  • Pickup Color: White
  • Controls/ Switching: V-T-5 Way Superswitch
  • Bridge: Floyd Rose (German)
  • Tuning Machines: Gotoh Vintage Locking Staggered
  • Hardware: Color Chrome
  • Knobs: Chrome Dome
  • Cavity Covers: None


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